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The Last Flight (2009 film)

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Genre  Adventure, Drama, Romance
Language  French
5.5/10 IMDb

Director  Karim Dridi
Music director  Le Trio Joubran
Country  France
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Release date  16 December 2009 (2009-12-16TFrance)
Writer  Pascal Arnold (screenplay), Karim Dridi (screenplay), Sylvain Estibal (novel), Remi Waterhouse
Screenplay  Karim Dridi, Pascal Arnold
Cast  Marion Cotillard (Marie Vallières de Beaumont), Guillaume Canet (Antoine Chauvet), Guillaume Marquet (Vincent Brosseau), Frédéric Epaud (Louis), Saïdou Abatcha (Saïddou), Michaël Vander-Meiren (Vasseur)
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The Last Flight (Le dernier vol) is a 2009 French film. Directed by Karim Dridi, it stars Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. The film is based on the French novel Le dernier vol de Lancaster by Sylvain Estibal which is loosely based on the real life events surrounding the disappearance of British aviator Bill Lancaster.


The Last Flight (2009 film) movie scenes


The Last Flight (2009 film) movie scenes

Aviator Marie Vallières de Beaumont (Cotillard) goes on a journey to find her lover Bill Lancaster after his plane disappears in the Sahara. After her plane is forced down in the Ténéré she meets Lieutenant Antoine Chauvet (Canet) of the French Camel Corps who joins in the hunt for Lancaster. As the two endure hardships in the desert, they begin to develop feelings for each other.


The Last Flight (2009 film) movie scenes
  • Marion Cotillard as Marie Vallières de Beaumont
  • Guillaume Canet as Antoine Chauvet
  • Frédéric Epaud as Louis
  • Michaël Vander-Meiren as Vasseur
  • Guillaume Marquet as Capatain Vincent Brosseau
  • Saïdou Abatcha as Saïddou
  • Production

    The Last Flight (2009 film) movie scenes

    Karim Dridi decided to develop the film after reading French journalist Sylvain Estibal's novel Le dernier vol de Lancaster. Dridi had travelled through the Sahara and was interested in making The Last Flight because he felt the novel could be made into a film that deviated from the normal conventions of the romantic epic. After he narrated the story to Marion Cotillard, she agreed to play Marie, a character loosely based on Lancaster's real-life lover, Chubbie Miller.

    The Last Flight (2009 film) movie scenes

    The Last Flight was originally scheduled to begin shooting in Niger, but due to safety concerns it was filmed in and around the Moroccan village of Merzouga. Due to the location change, Tuareg actors had to be brought in from Mali. For his role in the film as a French lieutenant who has assimilated to Tuareg culture, Guillaume Canet learned Tamasheq, the Tuareg language.

    Critical response

    The Last Flight (2009 film) movie scenes

    The film received mixed reviews. While critics praised Antoine Monod's cinematography, they criticised the story for a perceived lack of originality, comparing it to The English Patient and The Sheltering Sky.

    Box office

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    The Last Flight opened in France in the fifth position behind Avatar, Arthur and the Invisibles, Nicolas Vanier's Loup, and Frédéric Berthe's RTT. By 27 December it had earned only $2.8 million.


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